I’m Proud to be a Christian and the Jesus Followers

I saw it a few days ago. You see, my wife dabbles with Facebook a bit and one day, she was on it and I caught a posting that shocked me, just a bit.

Someone had started a thread, (I don’t know the Facebook terminology, so please bear with me), called “I’m Proud to be a Christian!” I thought to myself how that statement was diametrically opposed to what the Bible teaches on the subject. The more I thought about it, the more steamed I became. Who in their right mind is “proud” of being a Christian?

In the Bible, pride is described as yet another symptom of Mankind’s sinful condition.

Job 26:12 reads: “He divideth the sea with his power, and by his understanding he smiteth through the proud.”

Psalm 12:3 goes on to say: “The Lord shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things”,

Psalm 40:4 continues: “Blessed is that man that maketh the Lord his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.”

Psalm 105:5 keeps the pressure on: “Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.”

Psalm 124:4 describes an attitude of proud people: “Our soul is exceedingly filled with the scorning of those that are at ease, and with the contempt of the proud.”

Psalm 138:6 begs the question of Christian pride: “Though the Lord be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off.”

Proverbs 6:17 mentions pride in the list of the six things God hates: “A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood …”

Proverbs 15:25 tells us that: “The Lord will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow.”

Proverbs 16:5 reminds us that strength in numbers and unity will fail the proud: “Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord:though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.”

Proverbs 16:18 continues with warnings against pride. “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”

Isaiah 2:12 teaches us that the Day of the Lord will humble the proud. “ For the day of the Lord of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon everyone that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low:”

Now, I’ve not listed all the Scripture references to pride in the Word, but I hope that I’ve encouraged you, Dear Reader, to check your common wisdom with the Words of God before jumping on the professing church’s bandwagon of Christian pride. That’s an oxymoron if ever there was, or at least, it should be. You brought nothing to the Cross. You did nothing to please God. You did not earn your salvation. You have NOTHING to be proud about! Go back to the foot of that old rugged cross and sit there for awhile. Contemplate what the Cross is and what it means. Repent! Come back to God and His Word while you still can.

Now, let’s talk about these “Jesus Followers,” for a minute. The first time I saw someone calling themselves a Jesus Follower was on Twitter. My question to all of you is: “Are you so ashamed of your Savior that you don’t want to be referred to as “little Christs” anymore? Must I remind you that many people were Jesus Followers while our Lord was here on earth and, according to the Word of God, the vast majority were lost! They refused His mission. They had their own agendas. They were not “little Christs” in any sense whatsoever. Is that what you really want to be?

I do understand why some people claim to be “proud” of their Christianity and likewise, I understand why some true Christians might be tempted to shed the title. We must do neither. We are not of this world. Our seat of government (our conversation), exists now, (“is” being used in the present tense), in heaven, as Phil. 3:20 reminds us: “For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:” For the most part, the assemblies of the professing church have corrupted themselves through their adoption of and integration with the world systems. They behave shamefully and conduct themselves anti-biblically.

Nevertheless, we must keep our eyes focused upon what God has directed us to focus upon. It was God who chose the word “Christian” to refer to those who belong to the Body of Christ. We have not the authority to alter or modify that choice. One of the great failures of modern Christianity is allowing itself to be conformed to whatever image the world chose for it. Instead of being separated, it became integrated. It’s not a little deal. It’s a bloody, big deal. In this day and age of persecution and spiritual deception, the last thing we need is to have people who claim to be our brethren, undermining the authority of the Word that God gave us, all because parts of it rub them the wrong way. Our responsibility is to read it and conform our lives to it, as God gives us the ability, as Phil. 2:13 teaches: “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” Can’t you see; If you’re really His, you won’t want to follow after the world or your own depraved heart and mind. God will cause you to desire to follow Him, above all others, and give you all the strength you’ll need to follow Him also!

The God we worship and serve really has your best interest at heart. All you need to do to apprehend that knowledge and confidence is to open the book and read what God is saying to you.

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One Response to “I’m Proud to be a Christian and the Jesus Followers”

  1. Monty Says:

    I recently got the thought about being proud to be a christian and was googling proud to be a christian when I came across your article. And even though the article is 2 years old. I hope that your view of being proud to be a christian has changed. You should probably check somebodies motives before you go crazy about being proud to be a christian. The proud to be a christian isn’t being proud in and of myself being a christian but more about being proud about what it means to be a christian and what Christ has done for us that we are able to call ourselves children of God

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